Wednesday, October 28, 2020

American Jewry’s fateful hour by Caroline Glick and did I read that sign right? and Your Brain, Not Only Your Willpower, Can Help You Keep Your Excess Weight Off Israeli Study Says and Standing With the NY Post on the Biden Story and Renowned Kabbalist composes prayer for US President Donald Trump's election victory

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Standing With the NY Post on the Biden Story

Joe Biden with China's Xi Jinping in February 2012. (AP)

We, at The Jewish Voice, stand shoulder to shoulder with The New York Post in its chilling revelation of then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter's obviously being bought off by corrupt Ukraine officials. Unfortunately, the social media giants, Twitter, and Facebook whom we've been constantly outing as agents of the Far Left, have been playing hide-and-seek with this story since it broke. It is a major piece of reporting on the part of the Post but the Democrat-controlled media is keeping it under the covers to protect Biden.

According to e-mails from Hunter's laptop that he left discarded at a repair shop, Vice President Biden met in 2015 with a top official of Burisma, a Ukrainian firm employing Hunter. Shortly thereafter, VP Biden pressured Ukrainian officials into firing the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma for criminal activities. This was a bold, outrageous, illegal use of American foreign policy power, not only to clear the Ukrainian firm but also to line the pockets of what is becoming known as the Biden Family Enterprises. Hunter and his mishpocha (family) made fortunes from the misuse of Joe's position as our VP.

But Twitter and Facebook claim these charges and the clear evidence of corruption is not enough to give the story coverage. It's shameful for both of these giants, to not even have the reporter's curiosity to let their users dig deeper into the story.

When it came to the now proven false charges that Trump colluded with and was a pawn of Russia's Putin, both Twitter and Facebook jumped on this work of political fiction and carried comments swamping Trump with accusations of treason and disloyalty to America. There was a three-year period of investigation by a Left-leaning team under Mueller that eventually fell flat on its face. But this story about the Biden's, with e-mails, photographs, names, dates, and clear evidence of Joe's misuse of his power are not enough for these major social media heavies to give the public an opportunity to submit, learn about and make decisions regarding years of highly questionable behavior from Biden and his family.

We call on our legislatures in DC to investigate those in the front offices of Facebook and Twitter to determine if they purposely and with political intent are seeking to keep this story from its members and contributors. Their behavior will surely lead to the destruction of our free press and our precious freedom of expression. We, at this point, can put both Facebook and Twitter in the same category as Pravda, the former Soviet news source that worked for hand in hand with the dictator, Josef Stalin. In other words, corrupt to the core.

Sadly, Twitter and Facebook, the social media giants with the most influence on the way Americans gather and learn about all sorts of information, including politics overtly and openly geared up to tamp down on this blockbuster story to protect the candidacy of Joe Biden. The big-wigs at these groups should review the 2015 movie, "Spotlight," in order to get an idea of what journalism should be all about. And we mean, "American Journalism," not what is practiced now in Cuba, Venezuela, China, and North Korea and is now emulated by the likes of Facebook, Twitter, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on and on.


Renowned Kabbalist composes prayer for US President Donald Trump's election victory

Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri cites the obligation to pray for the welfare of a country that treats its Jews with kindness.

Rabbi Yitzhak Batzri, a renowned Kabbalist, has called on the general public to pray for the victory of Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.

He cited the words of a former Torah leader of his generation, Rabbi Menachem Man Shach ztz"l, who once said that there exists an obligation to pray for the welfare of the United States as it is a "malchut shel chessed le'Am Yisrael" (a country that treats its Jewish inhabitants with kindness).

The prayer Rabbi Batzri has formulated goes as follows:

מִי שֶׁבֵּרַךְ אֲבוֹתֵינוּ אַבְרָהָם יִצְחָק וְיַעֲקֹב, מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן וְדָוִד וּשְׁלֹמֹה הוּא יְבָרֵךְ אֶת הַשֵּׁם הַטּוֹב נְשִׂיאֵנוּ דּוֹנַלְד גּוֹן בֶּן פֶּרֶד טְרַאמְפּ בַּעֲבוּר שֶׁקִּבֵּל עַל עַצְמוֹ לִשְׁמֹר וּלְהָגֵן עַל יִשְׂרָאֵל וּבְשָׂכָר זֶה הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא יִשְׁמְרֵהוּ וַיַּצִּלֵהוּ מִכָּל צָרָה וְצוּקָה מִכָּל נֶגַע וּמַחֲלָה וְיַאֲרִיךְ יָמִים וְשָׁנִים עַל מַמְלַכְתּוֹ יְהִי רָצוֹן הַשֵּׁם יִתְּנוּ לוֹ אַרְבַּע שְׁנוֹת נְשִׂיאוּת נוֹסָפוֹת. וְיִשְׁלַח לוֹ בְּרָכָה וְהַצְלָחָה בְּכָל מַעֲשֵׂה יָדָיו עִם כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל אוֹהֲבָיו וְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן וְנֹאמַר אָמָּן.‎

May He who blessed our Patriarchs, Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov, Moshe and Aharon and David and Shlomo, also bless the good name of our President Donald John the son of Fred Trump, in order that he should accept upon himself the duty to sustain and protect the Jews. And his reward for this should be that the Holy One, Blessed Be He, should protect him and rescue him from all his trials and tribulations, and from all suffering and disease; and may he be granted long years in his leadership.

May it be His will that he be granted four additional years of the presidency, and that He send [Trump] blessing and success in all his undertakings that relate to the Jewish People – may this be His will, and let us say, Amen.

Did I read that sign right?


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Spotted in a safari park:

(I sure hope so.)


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Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn't you say?

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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Now that's taking things a bit far!

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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over

What a guy!

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If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile

Ya' think?!

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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Who would have thought!

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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges

You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?

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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge

He probably IS the battery charge!

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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group

Weren't they fat enough?!

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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft

That's what he gets for eating those beans!

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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Do they taste like chicken?

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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half

Chainsaw Massacre all over again!

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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall!

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And the winner is...

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

American Jewry's fateful hour

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By Caroline Glick, JNS

It's safe to assume that the "Shy Trump Voter Effect" is alive and kicking in the American Jewish community today.

Almost all the polls say that U.S. President Donald Trump is heading towards defeat next month at the hands of his Democrat challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden. But Robert Cahaly, who heads the Trafalgar Group polling firm, disagrees. Cahaly was the only major pollster that accurately called the 2016 presidential race. In an interview with The Political Trade podcast last week, Cahaly said his data show Trump headed for another upset victory on Nov. 3.

Cahaly said that today, as in 2016, the disparity between his numbers and the marquis polling firms' numbers owes to the latter's systematic neglect of what he calls the "Shy Trump Voter Effect."

From the time Hillary Clinton referred to Trump's supporters as "deplorables" through today as Democrats demonize them as racists and fascists, Cahaly explains that a significant and growing segment of Trump voters will not admit their support for him. Fearing social and professional repercussions, the Shy Trump Voter lies to pollsters and anyone else who asks him what he thinks of Trump.

Cahaly said that he goes to great lengths to correct for the Shy Trump Voter Effect in his polls, and that the other polling firms ignore the phenomenon.

The Shy Trump Voter makes intuitive sense for anyone watching the cancel culture in America grow more menacing by the day. One of the communities where it likely plays a role is the American Jewish community.

The Jewish community has been one of the most intolerant communities towards Trump supporters. After the Tree of Life massacre two years ago, leading Jewish intellectuals called for synagogues to ban Trump voters from entering their prayer halls. The day that the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed peace agreements with Israel at the White House, the Jewish Democratic Council of America ran an ad comparing Trump to Hitler. For the past year, the goal of the Jewish arm of the Democrat Party has been to portray Trump as the gravest threat to the American Jewish community.

And it isn't just Jewish notables propagating hatred and fear of Trump and his supporters. The old quip that Reform Judaism is simply the Democratic Party with Jewish holidays rings truer today than ever. In many Reform and Conservative synagogues, Judaism is portrayed as a synonym for progressive politics. Jewish Trump supporters who belong to these congregations are unlikely to share their views with their fellow congregants.

So it's safe to assume that the Shy Trump Voter Effect is alive and kicking in the American Jewish community today.

And this brings us to Florida.

According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Biden is leading Trump in the critical swing state by 2.7 percent. Cahaly's polls place Trump at a two-point advantage. In 2016, Trump won Florida by a 1.5 percent margin over Clinton.

Jews make up around 3.5 percent of Florida's population and an even larger percentage of Florida voters. Consequently, the Jewish vote is critical for winning the state. Cahaly said his polls show "support for Trump in the Jewish community is skyrocketing."

If Trump wins an historic level of support among American Jews, it will be a testament to the wisdom of an unprecedented percentage of American Jews. For American Jewry this year's presidential election is without question the most critical one ever.

Over the past four years, anti-Semitism has become an undeniable and central characteristic of the Democrat Party to which the vast majority of American Jews have pledged their loyalty for the better part of the past hundred years, while anti-Semitism in the Republican Party has dropped to historic lows.

Democrat anti-Semitism has seemingly appeared out of the blue but in truth, the party has been on a largely one-lane road to radicalization for the past 50 years. It's just that the path turned into a highway over the past four years with the rise of open anti-Semites like Rashida Tlaib, Linda Sarsour, Andre Carson, Keith Ellison and Ilhan Omar to commanding positions in the party.

Anti-Semitism runs through Democrat politics, policies and behavior across a spectrum of issues. In foreign policy, hating Israel has become the most passionate position of the progressive grassroots.

Biden announced early on that if elected, he will restore the U.S.'s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal he forged with Barack Obama. That means that a Biden administration will cancel the economic sanctions on Iran, ensuring the survival of the regime. It means a Biden administration will enable the cessation of the U.N. arms embargo enabling Iran to purchase whatever advanced weapons systems it wants. It also means a regime pledged to annihilate the largest Jewish community in the world—Israel—will have an open path to a nuclear arsenal.

Biden has agreed to restore the Palestinians to center stage. This isn't a pro-peace position. After all, the Abraham Accords are the result of Trump marginalizing the Palestinians. The purpose of a Palestinian-centric policy is it is to delegitimize Israel, justify a U.S. foreign policy hostile to Israel and a domestic policy hostile to Israel's supporters in America.

Then there is anti-Semitism itself. The good news is that like Trump, Biden can be expected to take on white supremacists. The bad news is that in stark contrast to Trump, Biden can be expected to turn a blind eye to the growing anti-Semitism in his own political camp.

The JDCA announced its campaign demonizing Trump as the gravest threat to the American Jewish community the day Trump signed an executive order extending Title IX protection under the U.S. Civil Rights Act to Jews on campuses. The executive order specified that when considering anti-Semitic discrimination, the definition of anti-Semitism reached by the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) should be used as a guidepost. The IHRA definition stipulates that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism and that rejecting Israel's right to exist, comparing it to Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa, are forms of anti-Semitic actions.

On Oct. 1, New York University reached a settlement with the U.S Department of Education's Civil Rights Division over a complaint filed by a former student alleging anti-Semitic discrimination by university authorities. The complaint was filed following Trump's executive order. In the settlement, NYU agreed to apply the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism to its actions to protect Jewish students from discrimination.

The NYU case shows how critical Trump's executive order is to the protection of the civil rights of American Jews. On campuses the most common form of anti-Semitic harassment flows from anti-Zionism. Hostility to Jewish students and faculty has grown as campus authorities have refused to acknowledge that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. NYU's leadership allowed their campus to become a hostile environment for Jews where the slightest expression of support for Israel found Jewish students attacked and ostracized. So long as Trump's executive order remains in effect and enforced, Jews can turn to the Department of Education for protection.

The future of the executive order, not to mention its enforcement, will be very much in doubt in a Biden administration. For eight years, the Obama-Biden administration abjectly refused to protect Jewish students from discrimination rooted in anti-Zionism. And as a result, the discrimination increased steeply from semester to semester.

Anti-Semitism of course isn't limited to anti-Zionism. There is also traditional anti-Semitism that involves scapegoating and assaulting Jews simply for being Jews. There's a lot of that going on in Democrat circles these days.

On Oct. 5, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a press conference where he directly threatened the state's Orthodox Jewish community. In the middle of the Sukkot festival, Cuomo said, "I have to say to the Orthodox community … 'If you're not willing to live with these rules [of limiting participation in prayers due to the pandemic], then I'm going to close the synagogues."

It would be one thing to single out Orthodox Jews if they were the only ones rejecting the limitations on religious gatherings. But they aren't. Not even close.

As Daniel Greenfield reported at Frontpage online magazine, the day before Cuomo threatened the Orthodox community, thousands of Shi'ite Muslim men gathered without masks and with no social distancing in Queens to hold an Arba'een procession. Cuomo didn't mention them. He also didn't mention them in August when they held a Muharram procession in Manhattan, with no masks and no social distancing, even though the next day, Cuomo threatened to ban Jewish weddings.

To justify his singling out of Orthodox Jews, Cuomo held up a photograph of a massive Chassidic funeral. Cuomo failed to note the photo was of a funeral that took place in 2006.

Early this week, Cuomo sent state workers to weld shut the entrance to a Jewish cemetery in Rockland County ahead of the memorial of a Chassidic leader that thousands of followers regularly attend. Across the street from the Jewish cemetery is a non-Jewish cemetery and as the Jews were barred from entering their grounds, hundreds of non-Jews gathered at their cemetery without social distancing and in at least some cases without masks, and with no law enforcement officers around to disperse them.

According to media reports, Cuomo is the frontrunner to serve as attorney general in a Biden administration.

The outpouring of wrath against Orthodox Jews by the likes of Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic follows in the wake of a year and a half of ever-escalating assaults against Orthodox Jews in the New York metropolitan area. Those attacks culminated with the massacre of Jews in Jersey City, New Jersey and the attempted massacre of Jews in Monsey, New York last November and December.

Rather than take aggressive steps to protect the Jewish communities in neighborhoods like Crown Heights and Williamsburg from the perpetrators, who overwhelmingly hail from the African American and Muslim communities, Cuomo and de Blasio ignored them. Infamously, while making light of the assaults and harassment, de Blasio blamed the attacks on white nationalists.

With a record like the one Cuomo has racked up in New York, and with the Democrat House majority incapable of condemning anti-Semitism when it emanates from its own members, it strains credulity to believe a Biden administration will protect the civil rights of Jews. This is especially true in the growing number of cases where the anti-Semites are either progressives or members of privileged communities within the progressive camp, and the victims are either Zionist Jews or Orthodox Jews.

A Jerusalem Post poll this week claimed that 70 percent of American Jews intend to vote for Biden. Twenty-five percent intend to vote for Trump. If the numbers are true, Trump is already enjoying a larger percentage of the Jewish vote than any Republican candidate since Ronald Reagan. If Cahaly's models are as accurate in 2020 as they were in 2016, it is likely that Shy Trump Voters in the Jewish community will give Trump more Jewish votes than any Republican has received in history.

Caroline Glick is an award-winning columnist and author of "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East."

Your Brain, Not Only Your Willpower, Can Help You Keep Your Excess Weight Off Israeli Study Says

By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, Israel365News -

Most people who are overweight manage to lose a few kilos but are dismayed by gaining them back. "Yo-yo diets" in which weight is lost and regained are very frustrating and unhealthful. Everyone is looking for that weight loss program that will shed those unwanted kilos and keep them off.

But what if you could undergo a functional MRI (fMRI) scan that would tell you whether a weight loss program was likely to be effective? Researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev in Beersheba have discovered for the first time a neural sub-network that corresponds to the gastric basal electric frequency and whose patterns of connectivity predict future weight loss.

Their findings were just published in the journal NeuroImage under the title "Neural correlates of future weight loss reveal a possible role for brain-gastric interactions." The researchers said their results could advance the understanding of the causes of obesity and the mechanism of response to dieting.

Their conclusions support a prevalent neural theory of impaired weight regulation and over-sensitivity to palatable food cues — that people with an increased neural response to seeing and smelling food consistently overeat and gain weight.

The multidisciplinary team approached the problem from both brain and body aspects.

"To our surprise, we discovered that while higher executive functions – as measured behaviorally – were dominant factors in weight loss, this was not reflected in patterns of brain connectivity," explained Gidon Levakov, a graduate student who led the study from BGU's department of brain and cognitive sciences. "Consequently, we found that weight loss is not merely a matter of willpower but is actually connected to much more basic visual and olfactory cues."

The researchers identified a connection between weight loss and basal electric rhythm that rhythm governs the gastric waves connected with hunger and fullness. They also found that the brain's pericalcarine sulcus – the anatomical location of the primary visual cortex that is the primary cortical region of the brain that receives, integrates and processes visual information relayed from the retina of the eye – was the most active node in this subnetwork.

The team assessed 92 people during an 18-month lifestyle weight-loss intervention, entitled DIRECT-PLUS and led by Prof. Iris Shai of BGU's epidemiology department who is well-known for her long-term dietary intervention studies conducted at the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona. The participants were selected based on large waist circumference, abnormal blood lipid levels and their age.

Before the intervention, the participants underwent a battery of brain imaging scans and behavioral executive function tests. The participants' weight loss was measured after six months of dieting, in which, according to Shai, the maximum weight loss is generally achieved. he team found that the subnetwork of brain regions corresponded more closely to basic sensory and motor regions rather than higher, multi-modal regions.

"It appears that visual information may be an important factor triggering eating," concluded principal investigator Prof. Galia Avidan of BGU's departments of brain and cognitive sciences and psychology. "This is reasonable, given that vision is the primary sense in humans."

Reprinted with permission by Israel365 News

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